Comedy Tonight!

What is comedy?

It’s a complicated definition.

Good comedy should make you think. If it’s narrative it should also tell a good story. It should pertain to your life in some way. And of course, it has to make you laugh or else it doesn’t count.

Which, to me, is the most important part. I’ve chronicled a million times why I don’t really “get” Community, because it’s very rarely actually made me laugh. Impressed me? Absolutely. But laugh? Nope. Same thing with Girls Season 2. (Every other season of girls though, was gold! Jerry! GOLD!)

This new TV season, I’m not watching a whole lot of comedy. I’m just not. Mostly because there’s not a lot there. New Girl has been pushed to mid season because of Zooey Deschanel’s pregnancy. I have no idea when Mom even sits anymore. I don’t watch Big Bang Theory on it’s first run anymore. Parks And Recreation is over. I’m 3 weeks behind on The League. (Oooh, I’m in a Fantasy league this season! I’ll write about that in December!)

But I am watching the amazing new season of The Mindy Project, which, set free by Fox to Hulu is exceptionally good. I watched the boundary pushing, thoughtful and hilarious season premier of blackish, which made me consider the “n-word,” which, as a rich white girl only just getting acquainted with hip-hop on a deeper level, (thanks Straight Outta Compton and Hamilton!) still makes me super uncomfortable. I’m back on The Middle, which gave us a brilliant opening 2 episodes with Sue heading off to college and Sue and Axl bonding and Brick making a new friend through the power of dance, and The Goldbergs, which this season is just cementing Erica Goldberg as the second best female character on TV. (Number 1 is obviously Cookie Lyon.)

But let’s take a minute and talk about The Muppets.

I’m not sure about it.

love The Muppets, the entity. And I think that what The Muppets, the show, is trying to do is kind of cool, I’m just not sure that it’s working. I liked the pilot well enough, and got halfway through the second episode.

And while I love Josh Groban and Miss Piggy singing “If I Loved You,” (that’s a classic Muppet moment there!) I’m not sure I love the back stage shenanigans in “reality show” format. Maybe it will just take some getting used to. I should probably finish the episode and hey! Next week features Liam Hemsworth.

I like Hemsworths. I mean, he’s definitely the B team, but still.

As for other new stuff. I haven’t watched Grandfathered yet, but I probably will at some point. I enjoy John Stamos and babies.

But then there’s The Grinder.

I knew that The Grinder was going to be good, but I didn’t expect it to be meta, and weird, and quirky, and bright. I’m not straight up looking for a Parks And Rec replacement yet. Nor do I think anything will ever actually replace it, but I think, if they go in the right direction, it could come close.

Rob Lowe is a delight as the clueless but well meaning Dean. Fred Savage is wonderful as Stewart, the also ran brother. They feel like family, and while those around them still need fleshing out, creating two strong leads is enough for a comedy pilot.

And it made me laugh.

So that’s important.

Happy TV season everyone!

I Got The Metaphor

Trainwreck

Trainwreck shouldn’t be an important movie.

It just shouldn’t. It’s not a movie that does much of anything new. It’s about a young woman in New York City navigating her love life, and falling for a really good dude while learning about herself.

This movie has been made a million times. It shouldn’t be important or groundbreaking or even terribly interesting.

But Trainwreck is, for a couple of reasons. The first is that for some reason ten years ago Hollywood stopped making that movie. For no real reason. We stopped getting fun movies about girls in cute outfits falling in love. And as someone who loves those kinds of movies, this has always bummed me out.

The other reason Trainwreck is notable is Amy Schumer, is who delightful, funny, smart, and talented. Unlike the super polished rom com leading ladies that helped lead to the demise of the genre, she feels like a girl you know, and it’s nice to see. The movie never condemns Amy (also the character’s name) for being sexually active, for partying and for living life on her own terms. It does point out that she might not be doing these things for the right reasons and that she’s sort of being a jerk to the people around her.

So when Amy meets Aaron (Bill Hader) she’s baffled by his clean cut, good guy thing, and keeps trying to figure out what’s going to go wrong in their relationship. But the only thing that goes wrong is that she’s kind of an asshole. That’s it.

Last movie season I mentioned that I was grateful for Top Five, because if people who aren’t Woody Allen are going to make Woody Allen style movies, well, it makes me miss his movies less. Trainwreck feels like a Woody Allen movie, but without the weird sexism and strange older man younger woman stuff. YAY!

There’s cameos galore and they’re all great. Labron James has an MTV Movie Award ahead of him, I can feel it, even though I thought John Cena’s performance as Amy’s fitness freak sensitive boyfriend is far and away the funniest thing in this very funny movie.

Trainwreck is good, it’s funny and it’s important, even though it really shouldn’t be…

Rankings:

  1. Ant-Man
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Inside Out
  4. Trainwreck
  5. Tomorrowland
  6. Jurassic World
  7. Ricki And The Flash
  8. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  9. Minions
  10. Fantastic Four
  11. Terminator: Genisys
  12. Entourage
  13. Pitch Perfect 2

Trailers:

It was a morning showing so I missed a couple of them but:

Sisters: This movie was inevitable and it’s probably going to be amazing. The end.

The Meltdown

Don’t worry guys, I’m fine. Seriously, I feel like I’ve been coping with stress quite well lately. I’m proud of me.

This is not about me melting down, by any means. My stuff is together, and I’m pretty psyched about that. No, no, this is about one of my newest obsessions.

Who else is watching The Meltdown With Jonah And Kumail?

If you’re watching it, OMG HOW GOOD IS IT?

I watched the show a few times in it’s first season, but after realizing that one hour a day was not nearly enough Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon in my life, so I figured it was time to watch their other show.

Oh, and also Jonah Ray, who is possibly my new favorite stand up of all time.

The show itself is a whole lot of fun, and you get to see some big named comedians do some really raw stand up, and most importantly, see Jonah and Kumail make fun of each other, which, as a fan of both of them on various podcasts, is my favorite part of the show.

Actually, being a fan of podcasts, makes a large chunk of this show a lot of fun. Because aside from the host riffing, and the raw stand up sets, the green room is a major factor on this show and seeing all the comedians hang out is also really great.

And of course there’s Emily, just hanging out and chiming in every once in a while, and being the best person ever. Because I’m pretty sure that she is.

Just, watch the show. It’s a fun show. I’ve been putting together my list of things that I want to try to do when I eventually some day head out to the West Coast. (Not permanently I love New York too much for that.) I want to go to Meltdown comics, and if I could ever possibly get into seeing The Meltdown.

But for now, I’ll just watch the show, all the time.

Here’s The Sitch: Kim Possible Season 3 Episodes 5 & 6

This week has been weird. In a lot of ways. But I did manage to get Kim Possible in after all.

Which is great.

Kim Ron Rufus

Season 3: Episode 5: “Showdown At The Crooked D”

Ah, the obligatory Dude Ranch episode, the staple of children’s and family television. Kim, Mr. Dr. P, Ron and the tweebs head to Montana to see Dr. Possible’s brother Slim and his daughter Joss at the Lazy C ranch. Joss is wildly obsessed with her cousin Kim and her adventures. (Who wouldn’t be?) and while Kim is initially flatter she eventually finds the younger girls idolatry kind of difficult to swallow.

Meanwhile, Drakken is dejected after being turned down again from a genius society he applied for and has decided to take out all of the other geniuses by inviting them to a dude ranch…for some reason. The plan isn’t exactly logical but does provide us with where Kim gets her competitive streak from, as Dr. Possible is very put out he wasn’t invited. Of course, the whole thing was just to get the scientists to wear “Silly Hats” which make them act like idiots.

Anyway, in the end, the Possibles (and Ron) save the say, by working together and Joss learns that being herself is way better than being Kim. Also, that Ron is a better hero for her, for reasons.

Season 3: Episode 6: “Dimension Twist”

I love “Dimension Twist” but it’s a very dated episode. Drakken steals the Pan Dimensional Vortex Inducer (again) and gets himself, Shego, Kim and Ron sucked into the TV and they participate in various show parodies. Some of them are classic, an anonymous medical drama, a Friends send up, and Star Trek. Others, such as “Evil Eye for The Bad Guy,” and “That 1670’s Show” are really only funny to the early 00’s audience.

That said, it’s a very fun episode where we get some great action, and a good deal of hilarious voice acting. So there’s that.

Boo-Yas And Nacos

  • This is a big week for call backs, which is great, but bringing back the pan dimensional vortex inducer really is a stroke of genius.
  • There aren’t a lot of extras in “Crooked D” the Tweebs get some fun animation though, mostly in the background, and Joss is voiced by Tara Strong, because, duh.
  • To be fair to the pure dated notion of sending up Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, that show was everywhere at the time, even if now looking back, there was no way that was a thing that was going to last, and if you were to watch it today it would seem super mega offensive. (That said, I’m pretty sure I watched every episode)
  • The Friends parody, “Chums” is unbearable to Shego, she is particularly perturbed by the laugh track.
  • The best TV bit is when Ron is hosting a talk show interviewing Drakken about his book, “Well, I quite like me.”
  • Ron and Drakken also get stuck in “The Fearless Ferret” credits. CALLBACKS!
  • You’ve got to admire the fact that with so few episodes left the gang went for something this absurdly silly. And doubled down on Drakken and Shego, when they probably could have been checking in elsewhere. Cool Stuff.

Keeping The Faith: Faith, Romantic Comedy & Anna Riley

Keeping The Faith

Last night my mom and I watched Keeping The Faith, a movie I have absolutely seen multiple times. (Possibly more than 20? It used to be on cable a lot, and it was, believe it or not a sleepover staple for my friends and me. We were weird youth group comedy nerds, it hit many of our sweet spots!)

If you’re unfamiliar with the film, it’s worth a watch. In it, a priest, played by Edward Norton and a rabbi, played by Ben Stiller, both fall in love with their childhood friend, played by Jenna Elfman.

The movie is a little all over the place, sometimes being a standard rom com. After all, Elfman’s character, Anna, is a high powered executive, who learns to let go a little bit, because of her relationship with Jake. (Stiller). And the love triangle plot could be totally played out.

But the faith aspect sets Keeping The Faith apart. Jake and Anna’s relationship isn’t complicated by her work, and her desire to further her career. She doesn’t see a problem with scaling back on her work to make a relationship work. She’s achieved wonderful things and will continue to, but she’s ready to explore a new path.

The complication comes because Anna isn’t Jewish, and as a rabbi, Jake can’t really commit to a gentile woman, lest he alienate his family and his congregation.

Also, Brian (Norton), who as a Catholic priest, can’t pursue his feelings for his friend ads another layer of interest to this otherwise trite story.

So we get two men, at a loss for where to go with regards to this woman. Which is a really big switch when it comes to romantic comedy.

And why more romantic comedies need female leads like Anna. Anna is not conflicted. She knows what she wants, and she’s willing to make sacrifices, though not change who she is, in order to pursue it. When Brian confesses his feelings to her, she rebuffs him immediately and lets him know that, aside from the fact she isn’t interested in him, she could never ask him to give up his vocation for her.

I’ve just forgotten what a lovely little movie it was, and while the faith themes always resonated with me, as did the vocational questions, it wasn’t until this viewing that I realized how interesting, nuanced, and different a character Anna is.

And this is in no small way due to Jenna Elfman’s performance, which is delightful. In the hands of a lesser comedic actress Anna could have become a cliche, or been cloying, but instead she’s charming and warm and kind of a delight. Romantic comedies have died a slow and agonizing death over the past ten years. And, although indie cinema seems to have picked up the slack, but I could do without all of the irony involved in those movies.

If more romantic comedy heroines felt like Anna Riley, I don’t think things would have gone down in flames so hard and fast. She’s a person, with feelings and layers and it’s something that should be celebrated.

Keeping The Faith is worth revisiting, although there are elements that instantly date it. The soundtrack is heavily 99-00 in feel, and the constant bafflement by Anna’s use of her cell phone is another oddity, but it also has a finale where Edward Norton sings a karaoke rendition of “Ready To Take A Chance Again.”

So worth your time. Because of religion. And feminism! And romantic comedy! (I so very rarely get to have those three things all together!)

Here’s The Sitch: Kim Possible Season 2 Episodes 28-30

Hey! Guess what I did this week? I finally finished season 2! (Which is why I pushed through to three this week, because, we were so close.)

Kim Ron Rufus

Season 2: Episode 28: “Ron Millionaire”

This week’s episodes are um…not the kindest to The Ron Man. I’m mostly OK with it.

In this one, Ron gets a check from Bueno Nacho, which gives him a lot of money in compensation for the creation of the Naco. Suddenly, Ron is off the rails pretentious, building himself an entourage, and dating Bonnie, who is obviously, only into him for the money. (She’s pretty upfront about this, to her credit.)

Meanwhile, Drakken is having financial troubles, so Shego is stealing him supplies that seem to coincide with Ron’s ridiculous purchases.

In the end, Drakken just steals Ron’s money, and he’s left with just Kim. He’s mostly OK with this.

Season 2: Episode 29: “Triple S”

I assume this episode came about because Disney was probably promoting The X Games pretty hard over on ESPN.

The Seniors hire a “financial adviser” who bilks them out of their money. To make ends meet, they begin selling tee shirts with the X-Games. Meanwhile, someone’s been robbing the adviser, Vinnie, and the person has a mysterious “555” tattoo, and killer extreme sports acumen.

Meanwhile, Ron is trying to get jock cred in order to get more dates. It doesn’t work. Kim and Ron head to the X-Games, and interview various extreme athletes. (All of whom voice themselves. Fun!) And it turns out that the culprit is Senior, and the “555” is in fact, “SSS.” Ron also invents a new extreme sport which gets him the jock cred, and makes him insufferable. (See a pattern?)

Season 3: Episode 30: “Rewriting History”

I love this episode because it plays with tropes in a way that very few shows can get away with.

On a trip to the Tri City Museum, Kim and Ron learn about their ancestors, who were best friends until, Kim’s great great Aunt, Mim Possible, was framed for stealing an invention. And Ron’s ancestor, Jon, was disgraced for trying to clear her name.

Oh, and the invention was stolen from Doctor Dementor’s ancestor, by Drakken and Shego’s, obviously.

And it turns out that it was all a dream in the end.

The episode is saved by Ron constantly screaming that “none of this makes any sense.”

Boo-Yas And Nacos

  • Kim describes Ron’s money madness as “way worse than when he got the froofy haircut.” I love a good call back.
  • Ron insists that his posse call him “The Ron.” Kirsten Storms reading of correcting herself after a glare from him might be my favorite thing she does on the show.
  • Ron doesn’t completely lose his heart. He hires Kim a squad of commandos which is nice.
  • Seriously, I find “Triple S” a completely useless episode, and I would like to not talk about it anymore.
  • God, I never realized that “Rewriting History” is so brilliant. The constant parade of everyone’s relatives and the interlocking story line are all great.
  • Wade’s great uncle Wayne is still alive. He helps Kim and Ron clear Mim’s name. Also, Barkin’s ancestor was a police chief and it’s adorable.

It wasn’t always like this

Tomorrowland

New York Magazine’s review of Tomorrowland called it the “anti-Hunger Games.” And while, yes, in many ways this movie shares a twisted version of that series’s DNA, it’s also very much it’s own wonderful thing.

The plot, without spoiling too much is standard Heroes Journey stuff. Florida Teen Casey Newton hears a call (she touches a magical pin that takes her to another world). She’s then lead there by a herald, a little robot girl named Athena, to her mentor, Frank Walker.

Then they go on a fantastical adventure to save the world.

That’s selling the movie short, because I came out of it grinning from ear to ear, madly in love with Casey as a protagonist, and the word “delightful” kept coming up as the best way to describe the movie.

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’ve been looking for this movie for years, and actively anticipating it since last October. (Remember, when I saw George Clooney all up close and stuff? I may have mentioned it a time or ten.) And it didn’t disappoint at all.

When I was a kid on rainy Saturdays my dad would take us to the video store and we would rent movies. A lot of the time he’d be sharing stuff with us that he’d loved before we were born, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Princess Bride. I’ve spent a good chunk of my 20’s on the look out for those movies for when my kids are born. The Avengers, Pacific Rim, and now, Tomorrowland.

The cast is wonderful. Britt Robertson delivers as Casey and Raffey Cassidy as Athena are wonderful. George Clooney and Hugh Laurie are, of course, superb. Thomas Robinson turns in a really fun performance as young Frank and you can’t help but see the similarities between him and Clooney. (Seriously, that kid should grow up to be quite good looking.) There are fun small roles by Tim McGraw as Casey’s dad. (Seriously, I’m always surprised by Tim McGraw as actor, he’s always reliably good.), Kathryn Hahn and Keegan Michael Key (If he turns in one more awesome and unexpected performance this year, he is The King Of Movie Season 2105, he’s been GREAT these past two weeks.) A lot of people try to give out the name “The New Spielberg,” as if they will ever be another, but Brad Bird comes close, getting the action and feelings of each scene exactly right.

I should also note that Disney has been on a roll. I’ve seen every release since Frozen in a theater and the only one that hasn’t met or exceeded my expectations has been Maleficent.

Rankings!

  1. Tomorrowland
  2. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  3. Pitch Perfect 2

Trailers:

Shaun The Sheep: This animation studio has never been one of my favorites. But it looks serviceable enough in the Wallace and Grommit and Chicken Run vein.

Pixels: Can we just…not, maybe? There’s an excellent “Tales of Interest” segment from Futurama, watch that instead.

Paper Towns: Ugh, everytime I see an ad for this I want  to throw things. And this coming from a woman who once called Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist “unappreciated genius.” Again, I think I’m just too old/not old enough to be into it.

Star Wars: Remember last year, when I got inappropriately weepy at each and every X-Men: Days of Future Past or Mockingjay trailer? This is going to  be like that. I saw the Lucasfilm logo, and was like, “nope I got this, I’ll be fine this time.” I heard the music, felt a lump in my throat. Saw the Darth Vader helmet and swallowed. Mark Hamill began narrating and my eyes welled up. The screen went black and the tears started to roll.

Ant-Man: I’m trying you guys, but I just don’t care. I wish I did, and I’m hoping to be proven wrong, but I just…can’t get psyched.

Here’s The Sitch: Kim Possible Season 2 Episodes 26 & 27

So this week we had some KP fun. Really, I like this week’s episodes a lot. Next week we finish out season 2, which will also be a lot of fun. Anyway, here’s this week’s episodes.

Kim Ron Rufus

Season 2: Episode 26: “Mother’s Day”

It’s mother’s day in Middleton and Kim has promised to spend the day with hers. So has Ron and Drakken’s mom showed up at his newest lair.

Drakken is trying to get a hold of a new element created to do something. I’m sorry, I couldn’t track what it was, but Kim and Mrs. Dr. P. take on chasing Drakken as they were promised to spend the day together. Also, Ron is giving his mother the present of cleaning out his garage. Which leads to some fun gags about things in the garage. (And a fear of a garden gnome, that never quite gets explained.)

Mrs. Dr. P is actually way better at the crime fighting than Ron, which Kim notes several times and is a really fun detail. Also, Drakken is trying to keep his mother from finding out that he’s a super villain, which Shego finds absolutely hilarious. (I do too, come to think of it.)

In the end, Kim gets the substance back, Ron cleans out the garage and Mrs. Lipsky is none the wiser about her son’s villainy.

Happy endings for everyone.

Except that garden gnome.

Season 2: Episode 27 “Motor Ed”

Ah, Motor Ed, a character I’m completely convinced was created because John DiMaggio was probably goofing around. He’s pure ridiculousness, and I’m glad we’ve finally gotten to him.

Seriously, he’s like if you turned Bender up to 11. It’s one of DiMaggio’s greatest creations.

Ed is brilliant engineer, but he’s mostly just interested in things that go vroom really fast, and his mullett. He gets on Kim’s radar when he starts stealing hyper powerful motors from aero space companies.

Meanwhile, Kim is also dealing with a new friend, who she’s hopelessly awkward around. Felix, who’s the son of one of Mr. Dr. P.’s new colleauges is confined to a wheelchair and Kim is having trouble not being awkward about it. Ron, on the other hand is just psyched that Felix is a cool dude.

It’s a nice story line because no one judges Kim for acting a little off, but no one lets her off the hook either. Ron calls her out for being weird, as does Felix’s mom, and Felix himself, but they also all tell her that she just needs to relax, and not focus so much on Felix’s disability.

It’s a good episode for our girl, where she really gets to see more of how other people deal with things.

Boo-Yas and Nacos

  • “Mother’s Day” is basically all fluff and filler, but it’s funny and joyous and has great action sequences, so there’s that.
  • Drakken’s mother thinks that he’s a call in radio host, who gives advice. I’m assuming that this is a joke about Dr. Drew. Or I hope it is.
  • Felix and Ron’s friendship is a fun one, particularly because we’ve never seen Ron be friends with another guy before and it’s a pretty cool dynamic.
  • I’d truly forgotten how much fun Motor Ed is. The Jersey jokes are great in particular. (Ron’s distrust of hoagies is also great. And proof that they’re in South Jersey, because “hoagie” is a Philadelphia metro area term. Up in the NYC land of things we call them either “heroes” or “subs,” depending on what deli you go to.)

Aca-Whatever

Pitch Perfect 2

Special Saturday Post! Hooray! (I am currently enjoying myself at Atlantic City Boardwalk Con, hit me up on twitter or facebook if you’re there too!)

I figured it was best not to wait over long to review Pitch Perfect 2, partly because I didn’t want to lose the details of it, and also because if I get too backed up, well, I get backed up. After two weeks of being behind, I’m ready to catch up again.

I wasn’t expecting a lot out of Pitch Perfect 2, mostly because I went into Pitch Perfect expecting very little and was then completely surprised by how delightful it was, and that element of surprise was gone, as was it’s “underdog” feel, and because comedy sequels generally suck.

Pitch Perfect 2 doesn’t suck. At all. It’s really very competent. There are laughs galore and the music is great, and Anna Kendrick is acerbic, and Brittney Snow is obsessive and Rebel Wilson is wacky.

The plot (such as it is) involves the Bellas being stripped of their Championship status, and needing to get back on top by winning the Acapella World Championship. The larger stakes are sort of fun,  but loses the intimacy of the Bellas just trying to beat their own personal haters. Meanwhile, Beca is interning with a producer and her split focus is causing her stress.

We get a fun new character, Emily (Hailee Steinfeld), a legacy Bella who wants to be a songwriter, and who grew up hearing her mother talk about her fun times with the group. Said mom is played by Katey Sagal which is fun, but who is wasted, by not actually singing. (Seriously, the woman has pipes.) There’s a C plot of Fat Amy realizing that she actually has feelings for Bumper, which is cute, and we’re mercifully spared a Beca/Jesse breakup. The fact that their love story has always been relatively low drama beyond, “Beca is learning to open up to people, and he is one of said people,” is a fun detail.

The Bellas main rivals are a German group Das Sound Machine, who are a lot of fun if fairly predictable.

The movie has a lot of fun moments and tons of cameos. Most of the music is really good, with a few head scratching moments. Elizabeth Banks did a pretty good job directing, particularly making sure that the comedy had room to breath, and Keegan Michael Key runs away with his role of “Beca’s Boss.” (Seriously, that’s how he’s credited.)

All in all? I wouldn’t turn the movie off if I came across it, but if there’s something else on, I’m watching the something else.

There is a series of scenes at a wilderness retreat and seeing Anna Kendrick sing at a camp again was nostalgic for me. (She didn’t poison anyone this time though…sigh.)

Rankings!

  1. Avengers: Age Of Ultron
  2. Pitch Perfect 2

Trailers:

Insidious Chapter 3: I don’t do horror. This trailer was scary enough for me.

Paper Towns: I’m sure it’s good. I’m sure The Fault In Our Stars was good. I’m too old for this…I can’t help it. I don’t get the whole John Green thing. But good for teenagers. Teenagers should have things.

Ricki and The Flash: This is going to be my new favorite movie I think. There are going to be scenes where Meryl Streep and Audra McDonald act together. Because Jesus loves me.

Jem And The Hollograms: It looks good? I guess? It doesn’t look like Jem, but I think that’s OK. As long as the words, “Truly outrageous” are uttered once, I’ll be cool.

Things I’m Obsessed With Right Now: Strong Ladies Edition

Hey Everyone! I’m going through a couple of obsessions lately, and most of them are lady type people and feminism related, and thus let’s begin.

  • The new season of Veep. God, could this show get any better? Amy’s freak out at Selina was incredible last week and the fact that Selina is the most ineffective president ever is particularly awesome. If you haven’t watched Veep, I recommend it. It’s funny, smart and altogether brilliant. (Not to mention Bechdel-busting, and great at the numbers game.)
  • Agent Carter got renewed! Hooray! Let’s all happy dance.
  • NYCC tickets and acquiring them. (Not feminism related exactly, but still annoying) Look, I’m not the only one of my friends to get shut out. It’s a decent mix of people who got some and who didn’t. Hoping to hit the jackpot at Special Edition and if not, it’s Stub Hub for me!
  • The ACLU inquiry into hiring practices in Hollywood at as related to sexism. Can we get a Boo-Ya!
  • Sailor Moon…going over six months strong on the obsessions list. You’re about to hit the Batman mark my friend. Congratulations.
  • Jen Lancaster, I reflected on her work and what it meant to me last week, but now I’ve been making my way through her books again. This happens pretty much every year. But I felt it was worth noting.
  • The Indoor Kids podcast. Oh my God. I love this podcast. I’m behind on everything because I’ve been listening through old episodes but it’s so worth it. It’s hosted by Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, and they’re adorable. Emily is everything I love about the women I’ve encountered as I’ve traveled through the oceans of nerd culture. She’s feminist, she’s sex positive, she’s intelligent, she’s passionate about games. I’m completely obsessed with it. You should listen to it.
  • The adding of more female characters to Silicon Valley.
  • Hey! Pitch Perfect 2 tonight. I’m not like, super psyched about it. I think it’s a wholey unnecessary bit of movie, but I’m just excited that another Bechdel Buster is getting an ridiculous unnecessary sequel.
  • Ava Duvernay is in talks to direct either Black Panther or Captain Marvel. I will take either, but I’d rather see Black Panther, not because I want her pigeon holed, but because she directed Selma and thus has strong working relationships with most of the best black actors in Hollywood, and that will be a useful network for Black Panther.
  • Oh right, and the Supergirl sneak peak? How AMAZING IS THAT? This show looks perfect. I’ve always wanted The Devil Wears Prada but with powers. If it sounds like I’m being sarcastic, I absolutely am not. Seriously, I’m all packed for this weekend and seriously considering changing up and doing Supergirl instead of Black Canary, it’s that good.

So that’s what’s going on with me. How are you guys?